Dear Friends, 

On behalf of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. As the need for social distancing continues, I wanted to share what the Center is doing to navigate this unparalleled time, and how we plan to remain connected to the community at-large even though our physical doors remain closed. 

The health and safety of our audiences, staff, and the artists whose work takes over our stage and gallery walls remain our highest priorities, and in March we made the difficult but necessary decision to close our exhibitions early and postpone programming until further notice.  Our small but dedicated team is working around the clock to find ways to continue to honor the artists we champion and stay true to our mission as non-profit cultural center to provide year-round programs and initiatives that strengthen the community and celebrate Black culture. 

We’ve launched several digital initiatives that are accessible for free, including virtual tours of our recent exhibitions by L. Kasimu Harris and Ayana M. Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen. We’ve also kicked-off a live conversation series between artists, actors, writers and scholars, streamed from our Facebook page, entitled Lit Friday, which takes place on the final Friday of each month. I hope these experiences will provide you with some art, beauty, and conversation starters while you are at home. 

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center applauds the first responders and healthcare professionals who have unselfishly jumped into action to help us all.  This includes the Center’s generous friends including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Gateway Health and Highmark BlueCross BlueShield.  We encourage you to visit the UPMC and Highmark BCBS’s website to learn more about the steps that you can take to protect yourself and those around you.

We will continue to share additional information on our website and social media channels, and I encourage you to be in touch by emailing the Center at with other questions you may have. We look forward to once again opening our doors and celebrating the resilience of Pittsburgh and our community. 


Janis Burley Wilson